The Third Annual Peacebuilders Gala was held on October 16, 2010. Honoree Azim Khamisa was recognized for demonstrating the power of forgiveness and healing. A noted author, activist and inspirational speaker, Mr. Khamisa lost his only son Tariq in 1995 to a senseless, gang-related murder. Mr. Khamisa chose the path of forgiveness and compassion rather than revenge and bitterness, and this amazing choice led to the establishment of the Tariq Khamisa Foundation and the subsequent forgiveness movement which has reached millions.
The law firm of Latham & Watkins was honored for its long-time support beginning with the founding of Western Justice Center (WJC), and for providing representation in both the creation of the non-profit entity and the acquisition of today’s campus.
And finally, Southern California Edison has demonstrated its commitment to the mission of WJC, having made serious investments in programs that support youth in communities facing high levels of tension and conflict.